By Ninder Kaur
This year’s Saltaire Festival took place last week. Visitors were spoilt for choice as a continental market took place in Exhibition Road and a more traditional gifts and food stalls took place in Roberts Park.
The continental market operated by Market Place, the UK’s leading operator of continental and special events markets, offered a number of authentic continental treats and gifts during the week long festival.
The continental market saw traders from all over the world with a huge variety of flavours for people to try and goods to buy, including a range of Italian, Catalan and Spanish tapas, paella, Belgian chocolates,
designer cakes and fudge, traditional German Schwenkgrille, noodle bar as well as South American jewellery and knitwear, Russian dolls, wooden figurines, FairTrade and ecologically sourced produce.
The traditional market in Roberts Park had over 70 stalls selling a whole range of gifts and edible goodies.
Traditional sweets, popcorn, candy floss, donuts, cheeses, olives, real ales, ciders, spirits and liquors as well as pancakes, cakes, pies, and other baked goods were on sale along side handmade gifts, jewellery and crafts, children’s toys, leather goods, vintage gifts and accessories.
Diana Greenwood, from Bradford Council’s Market Service, said: “The traders had a great range of products on offer and were always happy to chat to customers about the things they were selling. We are delighted that we were able to deliver these two markets as part of the long standing Saltaire Festival.”
Stall holder Ryan Adams, aged 62 said: “This year’s festival has been a great success. We have seen a number of visitors over the last week that have returned the following day just to grab some local produce. A lot of people have been interested in the types of cheeses that I have to offer so the sales have been good. What’s even better is that the weather has managed to hold through all week.We cannot wait to return next year.”